The dials are turned to max for this record. The lead track, "Eternal and Debased", is a reverb-drenched pop number that smacks of Smeared-era Sloan.
The listener is in store for a full-on frenetic guitar assault on the buzzsaw title track.
A walls of sound can be a powerful thing if done correctly. Unfortunately, the band crank things up a little too much on "Wide Eyes". The results are a muddled, unfocused song with vocals that get buried way too beneath the maelstrom. A similar fate befalls "The Double", which has the albatross of a plodding pace to go along with it.
While it has it's moments, The Moon Is Shining Our Way is really an uneven effort. Hopefully they show a little more restraint and focus on the full length.
The Kestrels play Smiling Buddha Bar in Toronto on July 3rd.
Best tracks: "Eternal and Debased", "The Moon Is Shining Our Way"
Track listing for The Moon Is Shining Our Way:
- Eternal and Debased
- Wide Eyes
- The Moon Is Shining Our Way
- The Double